With nod toward playoffs, Williams, Hatcher among Redskins' Week 17 inactives

Several key starters and reserves among Redskins' inactives for regular season finale.

The primary question about the Washington Redskins heading into the Week 17 "only bragging rights involved" matchup with the Dallas Cowboys involved which of the starters an key reserves would play Sunday and for how long. Now we know at least part of the story.

Left tackle Trent Williams and defensive end Jason Hatcher are among the seven inactive players, the team announced Sunday morning. They're joined by safety Dashon Goldson, running back Matt Jones, cornerback Quinton Dunbar, linebacker Perry Riley and quarterback Robert Griffin III.


Resting Williams, the most indispensible player on the roster, makes perfect sense considering he's dealt wth various knee and foot injuries. Ty Nsekhe will start at left tackle.

Giving the 33-year-old Hatcher the day off also is logical with the playoffs starting next week.

Head coach Jay Gruden announced Friday that Goldson (shoulder/rib) and Dunbar (quad) were out while Jones (hip) was doubtful. The rookie runner also sat out last week's win in Philadelphia.

As for starting quarterback Kirk Cousins the sense is he will play even with his primary blindside protector out, but not for long.


Colt McCoy will take over when Cousins sits.

Others who could be given the early hook include DeAngelo Hall, DeSean Jackson, Ryan Kerrigan and Jordan Reed.

Defensive end Frank Kearse and Arie Kouandjio, two inactive staples, are obviously dressing for he regular season finale. 

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